A review by nonbinaryknight
Dangerous Play, by Emma Kress

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The cover for this book instantly drew me in. It looked powerful and I wanted to read it, even before I realized that the summary was beyond interesting. I was lucky enough to get a part in a book tour for this book. So I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.

 Zoe and her friends are field hockey players. They are strong and dedicated and determined to make it to the championships. Zoe gets sexually assaulted at a party and the group decides to make sure that no other girl feels unsafe again. They become a badass team of vigilantes that prowl through the town to make sure that everyone feels safe. Eventually things seem to be getting out of hand and the girls have to face whether what they are doing is right and worth it.

 I thought that this book was absolutely amazing. The author was able to describe people and items without it feeling as though readers are being drowned in descriptions. I was also immediately drawn into the story and remained immersed the entire time. 

 I want to make a note about the author’s writing. The author does describe the actions of the sexual assault as well as Zoe’s thoughts during the time. I thought that the author did a great job at describing the attack. It stopped being this perfectly written paragraph with well-formed sentences. It worked well to illustrate Zoe’s thoughts. 

 The characters were the absolute best part of this book. All of the characters were written in a very realistic way. They were characters that you could root for or characters that you wanted to hate. None of the characters felt overly perfect or too flawed. Zoe is a very interesting character, especially since you get to watch as she has to deal with the mistakes that she’s made.

 This book also deals with the issue of vigilantism. The summary tells you that they want to make sure no one gets hurt, but the book actually acknowledges the problems that come from taking the law into your own hand. This isn’t going to be a long post, but there will always be problems with people deserving who deserves what punishment. Kress did a great job at describing the situations and people where you could understand the thought process, even if you didn’t agree with it.

 I didn’t really have many issues with this book. My first was the usage of the word fock and fockey. I get that they are field hockey players, but that got annoying after a while. The other thing was that at times it got uncomfortable. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, especially since it was meant to be seen that way, but I don’t necessarily like reading/feeling that way.

 I honestly adored this book so much. It was fun and realistic (well, to a point). It featured great characters that took on a serious issue and it handled it well.